Wallace Bowman Jr., 30, faces charges of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and capital murder. Bail has been set at $3 million.
The abductor left in a sport utility vehicle. The abductor seemed oblivious to security cameras and his face obviously helped police identify him. The SUV was discovered at a motel 40 miles away. When apprehended, Bowman was unarmed. In 1996, Bowman was placed on probation for burglary. In 1997 Bowman was sentenced to seven years for aggravated sexual assault. Upon his release in 2004, Bowman apparently failed to register as a sex offender.
The 32-year-old Bowman was indicted for capital murder in the death of Melinda Daffern, a 46-year-old store clerk in Scotland. Bowman is also charged in the murders of James and Karen Frances, whose bodies were found in their home. Bowman also faces a charge of burglary for allegedly taking a gun from the mobile home of James Carsley. Additional charges of kidnapping and robbery are filed in Archer County. Bowman is represented by Joetta Keene of Arlington. The trial is scheduled for March 2010. Prosecutors have not decided on whether to request the death penalty. Keene is a death penalty certified lawyer.
District Judge Roger Towery will ultimately decide where the trial will take place.